Let’s Dance International Frontiers 2023 Launch Dance Inside the Music – World Premiere

Mercure Leicester – The Grand Hotel
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Let’s Dance International Frontiers 2023 returns with another unique launch event to celebrate International Dance Day (29 April) and International Jazz Day (30 April) and embracing this year’s theme Uncovering the Dance Within: Origins and Authenticity. Commissioned by Serendipity Institute for Black Arts and Heritage, Dance Inside the Music explores the kinship between dance and jazz music, with specific reference to the traditions of hoofing – tap dance in its most percussive form – and contemporary movement. This is the place where the music moves and the movement makes music.

A talented line up of artists join force for a performance to remember. Award winning alto-saxophonist and MC Soweto Kinch is one of the most exciting and versatile young musicians in both the British jazz and hip-hop scenes, amassing an impressive list of accolades and awards on both sides of the Atlantic including two MOBOs and two UMA.

A polymath, Annette Walker is a versatile dancer, actor and musician as well as a consultant and researcher. She is one of the leading exponents of a new generation of tap dancers taking the stage with style, grace and rhythm.

Starting within swing and the lindy hop circuit, Lee Payne has graced the stage in Singin’ in the Rain and Riverdance, alongside dancing for such artists as Enrique Inglesias, Gabrielle, Wyclef Jean, Brian Harvey, Steps, S-Club 7, The Honeyz, The Appleton Sisters and many more.

Cameron McKinney is no stranger to Let’s Dance International Frontiers had his Leicester debut in 2015; he has been a Choreography Fellow at The School at Jacob’s Pillow, an Alvin Ailey Foundation New Directions Choreography Lab Fellow, a Hearst Choreographer-in-Residence at Princeton University and an Asian Cultural Council Individual Grantee.

Freddy Houndekindo is an interdisciplinary artist situated at the assemblage of music, dance and performance. He joined Cullberg the national and international contemporary dance company based in Stockholm, Sweden in 2018.

The evening will also see the launch of Serendipity Institute for Black Arts and Heritage’s partnership with Howard University.

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BLACK DANCE UNCOVERED: ORIGINS AND AUTHENTICITY

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Poet in Residence: Cubs the Poet

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Thomas Prestø Masterclasses and Theory Sessions

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Uncovering the Dance Within: Origins and Authenticity Conference

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Shamel Pitts Masterclass

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Freddy Houndekindo Masterclass

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Signatures and the Black British Dance Platform

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Monuments of Fem: Hottentot Venus to C**t – Alexandria Davis

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Black British Dance Platform in Conversation

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Cameron McKinney Masterclass

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Black Digital Dance Revolution: The Silent Beat: A Haptic Conversation

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Antoine Hunter Masterclass

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Practices of Rooting and Performative Becoming: Exploring British Caribbean Diasporic identity through the Embodied Spatialities of Dance – Tia-Monique Uzor

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BLACK HOLE – Trilogy and Triathlon – Shamel Pitts | TRIBE

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Cocktails and Conversation with Gladys M Francis

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Serendipity’s Speakeasy: LDIF23 After Show Party

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Creative Space in a Digital Domain Exhibition

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